Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Villarreal
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 28 September 2017
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
Maccabi Tel Aviv have lost just one of their last six games, but that one was in Prague, two weeks ago, when they visited Slavia on the opening day of the Europa League group stage. They went 1-0 down very early (12th minute), and failed to answer back. Ever since then, they’ve picked up four points from two matches in their championship. Last weekend they drew 0-0 at home to Maccabi Haifa, playing with ten men in the entire second half. They are sitting third in the table of Israel’s championship, just one point behind co-leaders Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Haifa.
Villarreal are considered to be the biggest favorites not just to qualify from this group, but to finish first, and against Astana two weeks ago, at home, they kind of justified that “favourites” tag. In the 68th minute they saw their visitors equalize (1-1), but they kept their calm, and with two goals in something over 100 seconds they finished the game off (3-1). They were even more convincing a few days later when they visited Alaves (0-3), but right after that, they… dropped the ball. A 0-0 draw at home to Espanyol was nothing to be… ashamed of (still, not a really positive result), but their 4-0 humiliation at Getafe last weekend was… beyond any football logic, not so much the defeat itself, as, much more, the score, those four goals.
Previous 5 matches:
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Maccabi Haifa 0-0
Maccabi Netanya vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-3
Slavia Prague vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-0
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Bnei Sakhnin 2-0
Ironi Kiryat Shmona vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-2
Getafe vs Villarreal 4-0
Villarreal vs Espanyol 0-0
Deportivo Alaves vs Villarreal 0-3
Villarreal vs Astana 3-1
Villarreal vs Real Betis 3-1
Maccabi’s next game is on Sunday at Hapoel Ashkelon (Israel championship). Same day, Villarreal will be hosting Eibar (Spain LaLiga).
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Villarreal: Head to head Stats
This is the first time ever these two play against each other.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Villarreal: Prediction
I have no doubt suggesting Maccabi’s double chance. I would be doing the same even if Villarreal hadn’t failed that big at Getafe last weekend, but especially after seeing how pathetic they looked in that game, away from home, and knowing that Maccabi tend to make use of their home advantage, I have to like the hosts’ double chance, given that it pays very well.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Villarreal: Betting Tips
Maccabi’s double chance is at 1.80 betting odds, Villarreal’s win pays 2.00, and in my mind there is hardly any doubt that Maccabi has to be backed to earn at least a draw.
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